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A very relaxing walk on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border, taking you through pleasant rolling countryside. The picturesque village of Rolleston-on-Dove is visited on the outward journey, and an historic corn mill is passed on the return.


Rolleston-on-Dove has grown rapidly in recent years as a commuter village, but there has been a settlement here,  round the parish church of St Mary and the Alderbrook for hundreds of years. The present church was built in about 1270, but there are traces of even earlier churches dating back to Saxon times.


The impressive gates of Rolleston Hall, the entrance to the former home of Sir Oswald Mosley, are passed as you leave the village. The Mosley family succeeded the Rollestons as Lords of the Manor, a position they held for many years. Their arms can be seen above the fireplace in the Spread Eagle Inn.


The corn mill, about half a mile outside Tutbury, was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and is the oldest recorded surviving mill in the area. For many years, it was a high-quality sheepskin and leather shop, now given over for accommodation.   






Length:     5 miles.


Start/Finish:     Car park at the top of Monk Street.    


Location:     North-west of Burton, off Stoke-on-Trent to Derby road.


Terrain:     Easy, level walking. Can be wet in places and nettles a nuisance for a short stretch of the walk, so it is best to keep legs covered. 






1.  Turn left out of the car park and walk to the mini-roundabout, turn right up Ludgate Street, by the Post Office.

2.  After reaching Portway Drive on the left hand side of the road, turn down the signed footpath and follow it to Green Lane.

3.  Turn left down the lane and then right after 25 yards, to go through a metal gate. Keep to the right of the house and continue straight ahead down a field track.

4.  At the end of the track, go through a gate and angle across a large field, heading towards a tall tree in the distance.

5.  Walk through a gap into the top corner of the next field, turn left and cross the field at an angle of about 45 degrees to a metal gate and yellow walk indicator.

6.  Head for the gate into the farmyard at Rolleston Park, turn left and leave the farm by the farm drive, which you follow all the way to the main road.

7.  Turn right and walk along the pavement for 250 yards, to a stile on the left marked by a footpath sign to Rolleston.

8.  Maintain the same direction over four fields, as indicated by the route markers to reach Brook Hollows Spinney.

9.  Continue in the same direction through the Spinney, on the other side, turn right and then almost immediately left down Burnside, heading towards the centre of the village.

10. Turn left past the Spread Eagle Hotel and continue your walk past the church, until just after passing the gateway to Sir Oswald Mosley’s former estate, turn right up Shotwood Close.

11. Continue straight on down a farm track, by a fingerpost signed for Marston Lane and Tutbury, and follow it round when it bends to the left.

12. When the track ends, go over a stile and keeping close to the hedge on your right, walk up the field to another stile in the top corner.

13. Cross the stile into another field, and continue straight on with the hedge close on your left, to go over a stile in the bottom corner.

14. Angle to the right across the next field, to a stile by a gate, about 70 yards from the right hand corner.

15. Turn right along Corn Mill Lane; there is no pavement until you reach the outskirts of Tubury, so take extra care.

16. On reaching Tutbury High Street, turn left and walk to the top of the street, turn right at the mini-roundabout and return to the starting point of the walk.    



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Tutbury Castle, (Tel. 01283 812129)a picturesque castle with stunning views, once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Full programme of events. Please telephone for details or visit website.


Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood: (Tel. 01283 585305) the hall includes superb plasterwork ceilings and Grinling Gibbons carvings. Please telephone for details or visit website.  

Coors Visitor Centre (Tel. 01283 511000) formerly the Bass Museum of Brewing, including the Coors Shires. There are excellent restaurant facilities. Café facilities are also available. Open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  




Cross Keys and Wendy’s Restaurant (Tel. 01283 813677) is a traditional roadside pub with a restaurant at the rear. Situated just out of the centre of Tutbury, on the Burton Road, there is a large car park and seating outside. Bar meals available daily. An a la carte menu is available in the restaurant from Monday to Saturday in the evenings.


The Cornmill Ceramic Cafe, (Tel. 01283 814211) a delightful cafe on the corner of Tutbury Mill Mews. Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12am-4pm. Open Mondays during school holidays. It is a great place for the children who can create their own ceramic designs - there are also adult workshops. Telephone in advance for further information and to make bookings. 





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The historic village of Tutbury, nestling on the Derbyshire/ Staffordshire border, contains much to interest the visitor; from a ruined castle to full lead crystal of a quality equal to the finest in the world, from handmade jewellery to a wide range of antiques.


It is likely that the hill on which Tutbury Castle stands was once the home of an Iron-Age Fort. The Saxons had a sizeable fort at Tutbury and the Normans took full advantage of its good defensive location. Tutbury became a thriving commercial and agricultural town and its courts had jurisdiction over several hundred square miles and more than 100 villages.



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